The current Level 5 restrictions could remain in place until early May under new plans for living with Covid-19 being discussed by the Government.
Under the plans being drafted up it is believed the Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 agreed to begin a phased reopening of schools on the 1st March.
In an interview with the Irish Mirror, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that “it’s been a long lockdown already and I would say to people it’s worth it”.
“We are looking at a continuation of severe restrictions right into April,” he said.
“We’ve already certainly indicated that beyond Easter we’ll look at it again but until the end of April you can look at significant restrictions and we’ll review it after that then because we’ll have to see where we are.”
The plans will be announced by Government next week.